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How to interpret the twelve houses in astrology

If you are interested in astrology, you may have already looked into your natal chart – your astrological blueprint at birth. Your natal chart, which represents a snapshot of the sky, shows the position of the planets at the moment of your birth relative to where you were born. It illuminates your specific symbiotic relationship with the cosmos, your disposition and proclivities, and, ultimately, your strengths as well as the challenges that ripple through your life. Knowing this, you can make behaviour choices that affect your mind, body, and spirit in positive ways.

When you run your chart, your personal astrology is presented as a circle, or ‘pie’, so to speak. That pie is divided into twelve slices, or houses.

What follows is a general description of each house. Like the signs and planets, this list is by no means exhaustive. Consider it a jumping off point. There are numerous house systems; the one referred to in this article is Placidus, one of the most popular house systems.


First House: The first house cusp represents your rising sign. (A house cusp is the division point between two houses.) This house represents your body, how you express yourself, and your physical presentation to the world. The first house is particularly important when it comes to health since it represents your physical



Second House: This house represents your sense of self- worth andyour values, as well as most of your material possessions. It also indicates your financial affairs and habits. The second house relates to your health journey by demonstrating how you value yourself. Cultivating a deep sense of self- worth is critical to your healing journey. This is the work of the second house.


Third House: This house governs communication and writing. The third house relates to your local community, your early childhood development, and your siblings too. Therapy, journaling, and the ability to name and address issues are essential parts of your healing journey; understanding your third house helps you to activate the communication central to all of these.


Fourth House: This house represents your home or real estate, parents, and family roots. It’s symbolic of what you need to feel safe and secure in your life, as well as your heritage. On the darker side of things, it correlates with endings. The fourth house cusp represents the imum coeli, or IC, of your chart. From the perspective of health, your fourth house shows how you relate to your foundation in life.


Fifth House: This house represents creativity, artistic expression, and children. The fifth house is associated with fun, pleasure, free time, dating, and romance. Since the fifth house represents recreation and the energy of fertility, this portion of your chart contributes to your health by supporting your vitality and creative self-expression.


Sixth House: This house, the house of service, represents your diet, health habits, daily actions, and day-to-day work. It’s synonymous with routine, including seeing your medical professionals as needed and engaging in a movement practice that’s appropriate for your constitution. The sixth house is one of the most critical houses when it comes to health. Your behaviours, lifestyle choices, and mindset contribute greatly to how your health manifests.


Seventh House: The cusp of the sixth and seventh houses is known as the descendant. This house represents both business and romantic relationships that are secured through contract (e.g., marriage). The seventh house also illuminates your ‘open enemies’, such as competitors. Since relationships are a key indicator of longevity and health, this portion of your chart holds weight when it comes to partnering in ways that promote your best self.


Eighth House: This house represents shared resources — a partner’s income, money earned through commissions, and anything having to do with credit, loans, inheritance, mortgages, etc. From a health perspective, this house represents the act of sex, primal desires, secrets, and the death-rebirth cycle. Wellness and the erotic are inevitably linked. Intimacy, both physical and emotional, is a critical foundation of health.


Ninth House: This house rules religion, higher education, big-picture thinking, publishing, and long- distance travel. Legal matters also belong to the ninth house. Faith remains a critical part of well-being, as does education. Keeping your brain inspired and motivated helps ward off cognitive stagnation and atrophy. The ninth house remains an important house on the path of self- actualization.


Tenth House: This house rules career, ambition, and honours. Beyond career status, the tenth house can also represent authorities, like your parents or your boss. The tenth house cusp, known as the midheaven or medium coeli (MC), is one of the most critical points of your chart. It signifies what you are known for via your social status and reputation, but it also indicates your aspirations and what lights you up from the perspective of a career path.


Eleventh House: This house represents your desires and ability to manifest them. Traditionally known as the house of friendship, it also rules groups, organizations, and acquaintances. Describing your personal and sometimes even professional goals, this house is essential to making your dreams a reality. It’s about your aspirations, affiliations, and social connections — an important part of life that motivates your desire for well-being and high-performance living.


Twelfth House: This house rules your subconscious and aspects of life that are hidden. Closely associated with the occult, it traditionally represents self- undoing. While it can be associated with addiction, from an evolved perspective this house offers an invitation to spiritual wisdom and metaphysical tenacity. The twelfth house is a mysterious house. Its essence is about spiritual reflection, privacy, and what’s beneath the surface, all of which contribute to health.